Pair charged in multimillion-dollar GTA real estate scam

An Uxbridge-area duo has been charged with more than 100 fraud-related charges for crimes allegedly committed across the Greater Toronto Area.

Over the course of nearly two years, the couple allegedly committed fraudulent real estate transactions in multiple jurisdictions. According to a release from Peel Regional Police, a “common theme” in these events would be for victims to display interest in a property, only to find out at a later date that the financial commitment was never honoured and that the transactions were fraudulent in nature.

As a result of these incidents, Peel Regional Police have identified 18 victims who incurred a “significant” financial loss.

Investigators believe there may be more victims within the GTA, as the suspects have been known to operate across Southern Ontario.

Kenneth Simpson, 77, has been charged with 30 fraud-related charges.

Courtney Wallis-Simpson, 57, has been charged with 84 fraud-related charges.

Charges for both individuals include multiple counts of fraud; defrauding the public; issuing a forged document; breach of trust; and theft over $5,000.

The suspects will appear in court on Sept. 12, 2022.

Peel Regional Police are asking anyone who feels they may have been the victim of a similar incident to contact the Fraud Bureau at 905-453-2121 ext. 3335. Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting peelcrimestoppers.ca.

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